BOBBY BRITNELL
TEXTILE and ART courses offering unique learning opportunities for all
In beautiful South Shropshire an area of outstanding natural beauty
NEWS FROM MOORHALL

Yesterday we went with one of the choirs I sing with to Aberdovey and we walked and sang along the sandy beach. This was my first day trip out since being ill. What a treat is was and what's more I have a poem from Ken Bevan in praise of our singing voices in Aberdovey.

ABERDYFI
Grand it is
To walk upon the sand
Of Aberdyfi
And raise one's voice
In song to praise
It's beauty
And to know
You walk with history
For long ago
The Romans came
And settled
In this special place

I hope you too are all finding something uplifting to do. If not singing then maybe a course will suit you?
Please read on.
A REMINDER OF COURSES IN MARCH and APRIL

This is just a quick reminder of four courses coming up very soon that still have places that are ready and waiting for you. I also want to assure all students that have booked on any of these courses that they will run, but I could do with a few more students on each of them.

Matthew Harris ~ 23/24/25 March
For students that wish to be challenged with with design and making in exciting new ways.

Amanda Clayton ~ 1/2/3 April
Exquisite stitch work, very meditative and innovative ways in using neutral coloured
transparent materials.

Margaret McQuillen ~ 6/7 April
Traditional box making with opportunity if students wish to learn how to do foundation pieced patchwork.

Bobby Britnell ~ 29 March, 5/12/19/26 April
An ON-LINE drawing course, where students will learn basic drawing skills in using charcoal to create space and form and move into cubist style of drawing.

DETAILS OF THESE COURSES
NEW ON-LINE COURSE
with
Bobby Britnell
'From a Drawing to Cubism'
5/12/19/26 April
2.00 to 4.00pm (Tuesdays)
I still have places on this new ON-LINE DRAWING COURSE. The samples may look a little complex, but believe me when I say excellent results are achievable by you all and every piece of work will be different.
On this course students will work through a series of exercises resulting in two or three fully resolved tonal compositions, which they will take through to colour using pastels. Students will then be shown how works can be developed and adapted into a cubist drawing and then into colour.
If you would like to book on this course please click HERE
AMANDA CLAYTON
1/2/3 April
'On the Edge'
Amanda is a regular tutor at Moor Hall and students will be in wonderment of all she brings with her. Her personal work is exquisite. On this course students will explore the qualities of edges using cloth and hand stitch. Using neutrals we will enjoy learning/revisiting some traditional techniques that have the potential to be functional and creative. Using a number of Amanda’s signature techniques including inlay, layering, needle darning, applique, cutwork and pleating we will respond to some primary sources to inspire us. Lace , natural forms and some man-made items will suggest directions especially using the design elements of positive and negative.
I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who loves hand stitch and wishes to loose themselves in three days of luxury and sheer bliss.
PLEASE BOOK HERE IF INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE
Margaret McQuillen
6/7 April
Box Making with a Decorated Lid
Box making can be used to showcase your patchwork, quilting and embroidery. They can be all kinds of shapes, sizes and types of lid, but on this course you will be concentrating on a rectangular box with a hinged lid, incorporating some foundation pieced patchwork or a piece of stitched work that you may have done. The course begins by learning the technique of foundation piecing or a simple piece of stitched work and this will then be incorporated into a design for your box lid. Afterwards you will be able to use the box to store those precious bits and pieces.
PLEASE BOOK HERE IF INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE
MATTHEW HARRIS
23/24/25 March
'Upside Down and Back to Front'
Course Description

PLACES STILL AVAILABLE ON THIS COURSE

The aim of this workshop is to explore playful ways in which images and visual information can be generated and developed through drawing. By working with individual imagery gathered in sketch books, photographs etc, we will be trying to exploit the potential of sometimes the most simple and mundane scraps of image, mark and shape.
By the end of the day you should have a series of images that will form the starting point for the work on day 2, which will be about development and interpretation.
The interpretation of these images into textile materials is the final stage of the project, though you may decide to stay with paper.
A course to keep you thinking and making.

HERE IS SOME WORK FROM THE STUDENTS WHO DID THIS COURSE LAST YEAR
PLEASE BOOK HERE IF INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE
POLLY POLLOCK
21/22/23 April
'A group of Similar Things'
Course Description

Coiling, a unique basketry technique that’s stitched not woven, can be used for making anything from beautifully simple basketry forms through to free-form experimental structures - there are very few rules, just some basic techniques.
Many materials can be used and very little equipment is needed for exploring materials, textures, colour, pattern, form, surface; coiling can be worked on a scale of tiny to huge.
You’ll be introduced to the basics : ways of starting, stitches which produce different textures, creating form, and approaches to finishing. You’ll make a few samples to get a feel for material(s) you like working with, moving on to making a collection of exploratory samples or small baskets which relate to each other to form a group, or cluster, of objects.
Coiling is a slow technique, so possibly you might not complete your work, but you will go away with enough materials and knowledge and ideas of how to finish it.
"My work combines basketry and stitched textile techniques which explores themes of homemaking and nurture, damage, protection and repair. I work mostly with paper yarns which I dye using gentle eco-dyes, often produced from my vegetable peelings, tea leaves, etc, to give soft and gentle colour palettes. I try to ensure my work, albeit in small ways avoids contributing to the mounting levels of waste in the world today."

This will be Polly's first visit to teach at Moor Hall and I hope to make it a memorable one for us all.

PLEASE BOOK HERE INTERESTED IN THIS COURSE
Please also look at my WEBSITE for ALL short courses, on-line courses and self-study opportunities.
I look forward to welcoming you to
Moor Hall this year.
Bobby

BOBBY BRITNELL
01547 510664
bobby@bobbybritnell.co.uk
www.bobbybritnell.co.uk